and then respond and make sure our customers are getting what they are looking for. >> 147 million americans are expected to shop this holiday weekend. that is down from last year's 152 million, but nonetheless, sales are expected to grow by 4.1%, the biggest rise since the recession. have consumers finally shaken off their worries about the economy? >> times are a little better. a little more idea last year. we can definitely spend a little more. not a lot more, but a little more. >> once we have spent enough, we stop. >> i want to make the kids happy, grandkids, that sort of thing. i am going to spend more to make everybody happy. >> that will make the retailers happy too. they have been forced to cut prices to keep hold of customers, and that has hit profits. >> retail has been tricky this year.